Did you know that today, March 8, marks International Women’s Day? Well, now you do! Rochester, New York is jam packed with history of women who have truly made their mark on the world. From being the birthplace of the Women’s Rights Movement, to so much more. We also couldn’t forget our widely successful RIT Tigers! We’ve mentioned a few alums as well who are making their mark! 

Susan B. Anthony

This legendary Civil Rights leader was one of the most prominent leaders of the women’s suffrage movement. She not only traveled all around the country giving speeches in regards to women’s rights, she also has an important tie to Rochester, New York. In 1848, a group of suffragists held a convention at Seneca Falls (the first of its kind). In 1872, Susan B. Anthony was arrested for voting. This angered a countless amount of people, which shed more light on the women’s suffrage movement. The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House is located at 17 Madison Street, Rochester, NY. You can visit this historical place for only $5.00 with your RIT ID.

Martha Matilda Harper

Martha Harper was a Canadian-American businesswoman, and entrepreneur. She lived from 1857 to 1950, and truly made her mark here in Rochester, New York. She built her own network of hair salons that eventually franchised. In the early years of her life, Martha Harper was a domestic servant, with little to no rights. She eventually invented a hair tonic that her franchise of salons utilized. During the peak of her salons, she had nearly 500. She is truly an inspiration for women who find themselves wanting to pursue business ventures themselves.

Lovely Warren

The current mayor of Rochester, New York, Lovely Warren is the first women to have held this position in our city. Previously the President of the Rochester City Council, she has done immense work for the Rochester community as a whole. Her primary goals have included “job creation, fostering safer and more vibrant neighborhoods and improving educational opportunities for Rochester’s residents.”

Now, let’s check out some Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni!

Beth Howard

Beth Howard came to RIT for both her undergrad and MBA. She is currently the co-owner and president of Postler and Jaeckle Corporation. Postler and Jaeckle is a leader in construction, HVAC, plumbing and much more! Talk about a women leader!

Becca (Foster) Post

Founder and CEO of Helen & Gertrude, Becca Post is truly an inspiration for women everywhere. At 30 years old, she founded the creative advertising agency, and at age 31, the company’s size doubled. She has truly made her mark here in the Rochester Community, and RIT is proud to have her as an alum!

Cassandra Straubing

Cassandra Straubing graduated in 2010, and currently resides as the Glass faculty head and studio coordinator at San Jose State University in California. She also serves as the President of the board of directors for the International Glass Art Society. Her work has been displayed nationally.

Patricia Moore

Patrica Moore graduated in 1974, and is an industrial designer, gerontologist, author, and educator. Patricia Moore has been named by ID magazine as one of the 40 Most Socially Conscious Designers in the world.

Marilyn Bridges

Marilyn Bridges graduated in 1979, and is an aerial photographer. Her astonishing photographs have been displayed across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Her work is included in over 50 collections

Brittney Lee

Brittney Lee graduated from RIT in 2006, and is known for her visual development on Disney’s “Frozen.” As of 2015, “Frozen” was the highest grossing film of all time. She has also worked on “Zootopia.”

Although today is International Women’s Day, it is always a good day to celebrate some of the women either in your life, or who have made their mark on history.

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